Rebecca Vineyard
November 18, 2016 2:41 pm
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Few stars are as unforgettable as Marilyn Monroe. The actress and singer had her fair share of memorable moments, one being her performance of the “Happy Birthday” song for JFK. Now, the dress Marilyn Monroe wore that day has been auctioned off for an insane amount of money.

It seems every bit of the singer and actress is up for sale. After all, you can buy locks of Monroe’s hair (We still find it kind of weird). And we knew Monroe’s “Happy Birthday” JFK dress was up for sale, and the price would be steep. Still, we didn’t expect it to sell for $4.8 million.

Yep. $4.8 million.

Marilyn Monroe wore the dress in 1962. She serenaded then-president John F. Kennedy, wearing it. The performance, and the way she sang, “Happy birthday, Mr. President,” are nearly as iconic as Monroe herself.

Sale of the dress broke standing records; it’s now officially the most expensive dress ever sold at auction. The custom-made Jean Louis gown features a dazzling 2,500 hand-stitched crystals on a flesh colored bodice. Rumor has it, the dress was too form-fitting for Monroe to put it on the normal way. Instead, a seamstress sewed her into it.

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The most surprising thing isn’t even the price. It’s who bought the dress: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. The international museum chain nabbed the dress at the Los Angeles auction. The dress will stay in California for now: Ripley’s will display it at their Hollywood branch before displaying it at their other branches around the world.

Congratulations to Ripley’s for snagging this incredible piece of history. We may just visit to see the dress in person, once it’s on display.

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